The editor and writers at See Chicago Dance (SCD) strive to present fair and equitable coverage of Chicago’s multifaceted dance community. The only requirement for consideration for reviews and previews is that a production must be entered by the producing artists/company on the SCD calendar, a free service. Artists needn't be SCD members or use SCD services to be eligible for coverage by our critics. We highly recommend posting your production details at least four weeks in advance of opening night, or no later than the 15th of the month prior, as editorial assignments are made in advance and at the discretion of the editor.
Features, previews and reviews seek to provide coverage for companies and venues of various disciplines, organizational sizes, neighborhoods and cultural backgrounds. The editor shall ensure balance and fairness in assignments, and in the tone and quality of publicized materials, with the goal of educating, informing and inspiring our readers.
See Chicago Dance adheres to journalistic ethical standards of practice similar to those of any other news outlet. The editor and writers function independently from SCD organizational programs, maintaining curatorial and financial separation from executive staff and the board of directors.
Meet our Editorial Staff:
Lauren Warnecke, Senior Writer, Editor
Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.
Lynn Shapiro, Senior Writer, Editor Emerita
Lynn Shapiro is a freelance writer and visual artist. Her reviews and feature stories have appeared in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, DanceTabs and Dance International. Her plays have been produced by CBS TV, as well as by regional theatre companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Lynn has taught Fiction Writing at Columbia College, Movement for Actors at The Theatre School, DePaul University, and Dance at Barat College and The Latin School of Chicago. She has been an Artist In Residence with the Illinois Arts Council and The Chicago Board of Jewish Education. She has directed and choreographed for Piven Theatre Workshop, Famous Door Theatre, Goodman Children's Theatre, Light Opera Works, Opera Midwest, and Metropolis Performing Arts Center. She has also written and directed productions for corporate training through theater. In New York City where she danced professionally, Lynn attended The Martha Graham School and Juilliard. She received a BA in English Literature from the University of Illinois, and an MFA/MA in Fiction Writing and The Teaching of Creative Writing from Columbia College. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Midstream Magazine, The Jewish Women's Literary Annual, The Chicago Jewish News, East On Central, Realize Magazine, and Pioneer Press. Lynn was the editor of See Chicago Dance from 2013-2018.
Brianna Alexis Heath, Writer
Brianna Alexis Heath is a dance artist, writer, and curator whose current research employs performance, installation work, and Black feminist theory to reimagine and analyze performances of Black girlhood in the 21st century. Bri is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago (double major in Dance and Cultural Studies with a concentration in Urban Studies) where she studied with Onye Ozuzu, Dr. Raquel Monroe, Dr. Peter Carpenter, Darrell Jones, Dr. Nicole Spigner, and Dr. Erin McCarthy among others. While at Columbia, Bri performed in several faculty and student works including the dance program's Repertory Performance Workshop. She also served as the co-director of the inaugural Black Arts Festival at Columbia College Chicago. Bri is the recipient of the 2017 Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding BA Thesis in Cultural Studies for her senior thesis: “Bodies as Living, Twirling, Sacrifices: Performing Black Girlhood, Liturgical Dance, and the Black Church Tradition.” Originally from Atlanta, GA, Bri studied modern and ballet at Moving in the Spirit with Atlanta dance professionals Lori Teague (Emory University), Dana Lupton (University of Georgia), and T. Lang (Spelman College).
Jordan Kunkel, Writer
Jordan Kunkel is a Chicago-based dance artist, journalist and choreographer who investigates issues of social justice through her work. She received her B.A. in Dance and Journalism from Loyola University Chicago in 2018. As a working professional, she combines her passions for dance, writing and multimedia to advocate for and promote the arts.
Joanna Furnans, Writer
Joanna Furnans is a Chicago-based independent dance artist. Her current project, Doing Fine, is supported by a 2018 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum lab artist award, a 2019 Schonberg Fellowship at the Yard, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Previous works were supported by the Chicago Moving Company, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Residency, and the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening. As a dancer in the works of independent artists Karen Sherman, Morgan Thorson, and Chris Schlichting, she has performed at Jacob’s Pillow (MA), the American Realness Festival (NYC), the Fusebox Festival (Austin), the TBA Festival (Portland), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Chocolate Factory (NYC), PS122 (NYC), and the Center for Art and Performance (UCLA). Additionally, Furnans has performed in the works of Mad King Thomas, Laurie Van Wieren, the BodyCartography Project, and Ginger Krebs. Furnans is the co-founder and managing editor of the Performance Response Journal and has been a contributing dance writer for the Windy City Times, Art Intercepts, and See Chicago Dance.
Vicki Crain, Writer
Vicki Crain has been involved in dance as a student, performer, teacher and dance writer for over 30 years. She holds a BA in English from University of Illinois (Springfield) and has interviewed notable artists such as Lar Lubovitch, Nacho Duato, Ann Reinking and Twyla Tharp. As a freelance writer, she wrote a monthly culture feature for Front Desk Chicago as well as the Chicago-based dance blog Rogue Ballerina (est. 2009). Her writing has also been seen in Dance Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times and CS Magazine among other publications. She is currently the Marketing Manager for The Joffrey Ballet and recently published her first children's book, The Furry Princess. Vicki was the editor of See Chicago Dance from 2012-2013.